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  1. Thread: Herbicide

    by jim lyon
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    Re: Herbicide

    Couldnt agree more Joerg, Glyphosate isn't going to hurt your bees and it will most definitely kill weeds. The trouble is, something is going to regrow in that spot and it's usually your most...
  2. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    In the interest of full disclosure, I feed and treat with thymol simultaneously. The fall windows for doing both can be pretty tight and we have so much ground to cover that it's not practical to do...
  3. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    Good advice from AD. Yes, you can feed while using a thymol product but the disruption caused by the aromatic vapors will increase the probability of a robbing event. Feeding shouldn't take more...
  4. Thread: Melters

    by jim lyon
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    Re: Melters

    We use this Cook and Beals melter

    http://www.cooknbeals.com/wax-melter/

    It works well melting the cappings from their "spin float" separator but given the fact that the residual capping honey...
  5. Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor- SHAKING/WOBBLING

    I use one of the Dadant 20's but we just use it for the odd broken frames that don't run through the auto load system so my experience isn't typical. Because we are always running odd loads it...
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    Re: How to clarify honey?

    ......gently warm it to around 95 degrees and allow it to gently flow from the bottom of the strainer (drizzling will incorporate lots of air) into a holding container where it would sit for a day or...
  7. Thread: 7 5/8" supers

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    7 5/8" supers

    Selling 33, 7 5/8" 10 frame supers with 9 combs. Disease and pest free older but usable combs that were in use within the past year. $500 for all, picked up in South Dakota.
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    Re: Howdy from Nebraska!

    GBR ;)
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    Re: Automated Extractor Control

    I think you are pretty much on the mark for radial extractors where the danger of frame blow outs is very real. Horizontal load extractors are a little different animal because blowouts really...
  10. Re: Where is the Best Place to buy frames and foundation

    My help is salaried and it's good winter work so yes it saves me money but as I stated that's not the primary reason I do it so you can save the lesson in economics. We use wood with plastic...
  11. Re: Where is the Best Place to buy frames and foundation

    We've made the decision that we can. Our 2 man (and 2 nailer) system usually nets us right at a frame a minute. Cost savings isn't the primary reason, though. I know our frames stay together and...
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    Too bad. Cotton and bees make poor bedfellows, I've heard these stories for decades. Would you have to move your bees far to get out of cotton country?
  13. Re: Where is the Best Place to buy frames and foundation

    You can expect usable frames from any supplier. Barry's review does give lots of good information and an unbiased comparison of all the major suppliers. My advice would be after reading it, to then...
  14. Re: Where is the Best Place to buy frames and foundation

    http://www.beesource.com/product-reviews/wood-frames/
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    Re: Honey bees and red clover

    In scanning through wikipedias list of nectar producing plants there are a number that I would take issue with. Red clover is a minor nectar source at best, I have rarely seen bees working it, at...
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    Re: Inpector Came Today

    It's not about word usage it's about the fact that the advice you gave in this post is fundamentally flawed.
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    Re: New extracting line

    I'm trying to understand the logic of discouraging infloor sumps. Ours extends about an inch above the floor to keep out wash water and debris.
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    Re: Inpector Came Today

    Defecation? Hmmmm. Interesting perspective. We shouldn't forget, though, that royalty in the hive has never been relegated to the outdoor toilet. Do laying workers qualify? Guess I don't know...
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    Re: Inpector Came Today

    Yes, laying workers are indistinguishable from other workers and yes it's highly unlikely that there is just a single laying worker. I'm not convinced, though, that the shakeout method while far...
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    Re: Honey Dew From Oak Trees?

    Thats the hard part. I ended up with a large quantity of it a few years back. I advertised it in the ABJ and sent samples to all the major honey packers, one even pollen tested that essentially...
  21. Thread: Red honey?

    by jim lyon
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    Re: Red honey?

    That's the best theory I have heard. It corresponds with both the time of year and the large marshy forage area.
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    Re: Can't find mites in my hive

    I don't have any actual data on this but it seems that mites are much more likely to be tucked into that area between the thorax and abdomen now than they were 20 years ago. My take nowadays is if...
  23. Thread: Honey totes

    by jim lyon
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    Re: Honey totes

    Yes, the ideal machine is a 36" wide, 5,000 lb. warehouse forklift, though a 3,000 lb. capacity machine will do the job as well. It will handle them with ease and still fit between rows of standard...
  24. Thread: Honey totes

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    Re: Honey totes

    I'm guessing the generic type is what mnbees is referring to as "normal totes".
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    Re: Hauling 5 frame nucs south for wintering

    "The south" is a pretty big area but as a general rule March 1 is about as early as you can expect to get much of a flow and in many areas you may not see much before the 2nd to 3rd week in March. ...
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